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About the Author
I was born in the UK but raised round the world and spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. When I was seven I wrote my first proper story about a magic puddle that flipped up to reveal a secret world underground.
I’m now a non-practicing engineer who works in project management. I write romance and young adult stories. I love country music and used to have my own radio show. My boyfriend says I have an unhealthy obsession with Kenny Chesney. I live in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is so hard to rate. It reminds me a little of when I was at school and we were shown a film of one of Shakespeare's plays set in modern day. This is Jane Austen's Persuasion set in modern day where the Elliots are a theatrical dynasty. Annie Elliot is the put-upon second daughter, holding her profligate father William and elder sister Immy together in their family home on Clapham Common. Her younger sister Marie is a TV talk-show hostess married to an investment banker called Charles Musgrove. Although she is a doormat to her family, Annie is also co-owner of a successful production accountancy business with hopes of becoming a producer. Annie's big chance comes when she is offered the role of assistant producer on a new production of Pride and Prejudice, there are roles for her father and Immy as well as her aunt Lily. However, the coup is that the production has attracted Hollywood star Austen Wentworth. And then she discovers that her estranged cousin Will Elliot has landed the role of Charles Bingley. For the first third or so of the book it kept pretty close to the original storyline, that works okay for a film but for a die-hard Austen fan like me I was a bit underwhelmed, I know the story and casting it in a contemporary setting only works on film. But as the story moved from setting the scene and firmly entrenching the reader in a Persuasion rerun to the actual filming it stepped away from a faithful retelling of the story and came into its own right. Most of the key scenes are retold in the book but given a contemporary twist, although they still visit Lyme Regis! I really enjoyed the story but I wonder if my pleasure would have been greater if I hadn't known how the story would end? Maybe someone who hasn't read the original could tell me. If you loved films like Ten Things I Hate About You (the retelling of The Taming of the Shrew in an American high school) then I think you will really like this. Also, if you've never read Persuasion but would like a second-chance romance set on a British film set I recommend this too. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.